Snoopy’s under-14s celebrate state hockey title

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Sonoma County is home to a hockey state championship.

The Santa Rosa Hockey Club’s Flyers Bantam B team came back from San Jose last weekend with the California Amateur Hockey Association championship after a 6-2 victory against San Jose in the state final. It was the first state championship for any of the local program’s age-group teams since the 2003-04 season, and came on the heels of the SRHC’s first NorCal Junior Hockey Association championship since 2003-04.

The Flyers, comprised of 13- and 14-year-olds and coached by Mike Kovanis, qualified for the trip to the SAP Arena in San Jose by winning the NorCal title at Oakland the previous weekend with a 3-2 overtime win against San Jose.

Both Santa Rosa and San Jose advanced to the state tournament where the Flyers put together a 2-1 record in the round robin preliminary round to advance to their fourth meeting with San Jose in a little more than a week. Team captain Jackson Baughman led the Flyers in the championship game with two goals and an assist. They also got two goals from Colton Jimenez and one goal each from Angus Brodeur and Andres Meshcheryakov. Alex Coffel contributed an assist.

The state championship capped a very successful season for the Flyers, who practice and play their home matches at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, which is more commonly known as Snoopy’s Home Ice.

The Flyers went 11-0-1 in NorCal Junior Hockey Association matches and were 34-7-3 overall on the season. In addition to their NorCal and CAHA tournament championships, they won a tournament in Escondido over the Thanksgiving holiday. On the season they outscored their opponents, 205-72.

Petaluma hits the lights

The Petaluma American Little League kicked off its 2014 season Saturday with a first for the league — a night game.

Opening day marked the debut of a new lighting system at the Petaluma field. The project had been seven years in the making and cost about $120,000. It was funded by various fundraising events done by the league over recent years.

The lighting system comprises two 70-foot light poles that illuminate the outfield and two 60-foot poles that cover the infield.

“There are so many individuals and businesses that stepped up to make our dream come true,” said league president Fred Hilliard. “The commitment to Little League and dedication to youth in our community is truly impressive.”

 

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